Accidents & illnesses abroad
Claims against injury lawyers
Spinal cord injury
About Chris Deacon
I am a specialist international injury lawyer and throughout my career I have acted almost exclusively for the victims of accidents abroad and in disputes with tour operators, hotels, travel providers and insurers. I am proud to be ranked as a leading travel lawyer in both Chambers and The Legal 500. Chambers 2018 commented "a rising star and all-round class act; he puts the extra 10% on top of the 100%."
I represent clients following serious international accidents, usually UK residents injured overseas but also foreign nationals who sustain life-changing injuries in the UK. Fluent in French, my background in international law means I am well placed to advise in relation to claims arising from incidents across the globe. I have written, presented and advised on the implications of Brexit for international injury claims.
I was once again listed as a leading individual in Chambers 2019, sources describe me as an “absolutely fabulous guy” who has “lots of good ideas” and is “very much on top of international work and issues.” I have also been praised for my client service, as well as my “in-depth knowledge and sympathy to traumatic circumstances.”
The Legal 500 (2019) describes me as a “superb travel lawyer; he is knowledgeable, tenacious, compassionate and intellectually astute”. In previous editions they commented “absolutely dedicated and organised” and “outstanding” noting his “good judgement and calm approach”. Satisfied clients praise “his invaluable ability to put technical terms into language a lay client can understand”.
I am currently representing a number of seriously injured clients and their families following accidents overseas, including a child who sustained a spinal cord injury in a road traffic accident in Poland where the pleaded value is in excess of £20m.
I represented the claimant in Lackey v (1) Mallorca Mega Resort SL and (2) Generali, successfully establishing jurisdiction against both the hotel and its insurer in the English courts. I acted for the claimant in Thomas v (1) Baker and (2) ICWA (2015), securing damages of £6.25m following a spinal cord injury she sustained in Australia. I recently represented the family of F1 driver Jules Bianchi following his accident at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.
I have previously represented clients who have sustained catastrophic injuries in quad-biking and other outdoor adventure and leisure pursuits while abroad.
In addition I have experience of dealing with general holiday disputes, international recoveries and policy disputes. I have a particular interest in consumer travel issues, claims under the Package Travel Regulations and international conventions.